This year it will a massive ‘Sweet 16’ celebration for the annual Merritone Family Fun Day, slated to take place on Sunday, July 14th, 2013 at Lake Quassy, Middlebury, Connecticut. The event, which has built a loyal following over the past decade will provide a musical treat for patrons as foundation artistes Bunny Rugs – lead singer of international acclaimed Third World – will be taking center stage alongside gospel singer Hopeton Lewis and Althea Hewitt from Kingston.
Organizer/founder Conroy Allison is excited about this year’s event and is promising that this year’s ‘Sweet 16’ presentation will be something to behold.
“Over the years we have always tried to outdo our last effort and this year will be no different. After all it’s all about our 16th anniversary and for that we have put together a major celebration for patrons which includes a quality entertainment package with some good performers. We are inviting the entire family to come out and enjoy themselves. Parents will get a chance to watch their children having a great time, then later on in the evening it will be all about the live performances for the adults,” said Allison.
Bunny Rugs has been a part of Third World for the past 30 years. His powerful vocals have graced some of the the biggest songs of our time and has shaped the history of reggae. Rugs recently released his solo album ‘Time.’ He will have no problem giving fans songs from his own repertoire and those made famous by Third World.
Hopeton Lewis has not looked back since his first recording at Studio One, becoming one of the key players in the evolution of Jamaica’s popular music. After moving to Federal Recording Company, he did a number of popular songs including his hit ‘Take It Easy’ which started the Rock steady Era. In 1970 he won the Festival Song Competition with the hit song, ‘Boom Shaka-Laka’ which was recorded on the Treasure Isles record label. With his roots grounded in the church it was not surprising when he went back to his first love and took up the ministry. Lewis’ wholesome songs will add to the family friendly event which kicks off at 10am with fun attractions for the kids.
Other performers set to grace the stage will be Althea Hewitt and vocalist Don Minott. Backing band will be the Ruff Stuff band out of New York.
This year’s Merritone Family Funday renewal will again feature the Royal Caribbean Bakery
Bun & Patty Eating Contests, Kiddies Dance Contest,’ Karaoke, the Trans Continental Shippers Treasure Hunt and an exciting Domino Competition, where teams compete for cash prizes. Loyal fans can expect a fabulous time and special treats with non-stop music from Merritone featuring Winston Blake, with special sets by Desu and Road International.